Understanding learning and emotions in Design-Based Learning: what and why crucial to be considered

Feiran Zhang, Panos Markopoulos, Peter Bieken, Laure Peeters, M.M. Bekker

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There is a growing interest in, Design-Based Learning (DBL), a constructivist learning approach where students learn through design activities. Past research has examined extensively how this theoretically motivated learning approach can be implemented in practice. Earlier empirical studies have examined the effectiveness of DBL and have surveyed the attitudes of participating students towards DBL. However, related evidence lacks detail and does not account for how different aspects of DBL support students' learning and how students experience DBL. We report a case study of a DBL course involving 110 undergraduate students working in multi-disciplinary teams engaging in technology design to support innovation. This paper contributes to the following three aspects: (a) an empirical understanding of students' perception and attitude of learning in DBL; (b) our awareness of emotions' impact in DBL-related experience; and (c) implications for educators steering DBL activities taking into account the students' feelings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of FabLearn 2020 - 9th Annual Conference on Maker Education
Subtitle of host publicationMaking as Resistance and Resilience
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375436
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


  • Design based learning
  • case study
  • emotions


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